Eau Claire (WQOW) – A community coalition against violence is sharing its message to generate positive change in Eau Claire.
On Monday, members of the coalition held a rally in support of the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence.
Members of the coalition said violence is a cultural problem, not a political one, and they’re here to facilitate community conversations about violence in an effort to promote peaceful practices right here in Eau Claire.
“We can’t just bring it out and discuss it after there’s been a shooting or a car wreck, it needs to be a top of the mind issue,” said Charlene Warner.
“What do you do after the thoughts and prayers? They know that if we join together, if we have some unison and some objectives, that we can do a lot with the culture of violence,” added Janet Frase.
Both Warner and Frase said this is still a new coalition, but are looking forward to creating connections with the community, young and old, to practice peaceful behaviors.